Curriculum musings

In my last blog I talked about how the educational landscape has changed beyond recognition since my own days at school. Most subjects, except perhaps for art, maths and science, have very altered curricula and pedagogy. I think maths, because of its nature, is much harder to turn into a skills-based subject, and so it […]

Having to win the argument all over again

In a speech last June, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, talked about the importance of a market economy with strong growth and remarked “I thought that we had won that argument. But I learnt in the general election that we had not.” These words come to mind when I consider some of the […]

ResearchEd Rugby, my takeaways (part 3)

Session 3: Martin Robinson Next, I attended Martin Robinson’s talk which focused on “the conversational classroom”. I’m not finding it quite so easy to summarise this particular talk because there was a lot covered (cognitive overload) and no clear structure (could have done with some dual coding to help organise the information more). So here […]

ResearchEd Rugby, my takeaways (part 2)

Debate: “Education Matters” After session 1, it was time for a panel discussion rather than a debate, with Andrew Old, David Didau, Tom Sherrington and Karen Wespieser discussing Ofsted, MATs and the role of research in education. My main takeaways from the discussion were: Under the leadership of Amanda Spielman, Ofsted is moving away from […]

ResearchEd Rugby, my takeaways (part 1)

I was undecided at first whether or not to go to ResearchEd, which took place today in Rugby. It meant an early start on a Saturday morning for one thing, but I’m temporarily a lady of leisure so I can take the hit and catch up with my sleep later on in the week. I […]

Job interviews are a two-way process

I have only just begun to catch up with the videos of Michaela School’s conference last week, talking about the mistakes they have made along the way. My first port of call was the opening talk given by its headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh, in which she discussed recruitment and retention. Listening to Katharine talk, who was […]

Teaching is a privilege

Yesterday was my last day working as a teaching assistant at my secondary school, and I now can look forward to starting my new job as a trainee history teacher. I had only been there for less than a year, and so I didn’t expect any huge fanfare upon my leaving. I was therefore taken […]

Reflections on history teaching

As I near the end of my year working as a learning support assistant and approach the start of my Schools Direct teacher training, I am beginning to reflect in earnest on the kind of history teacher I would like to become. I have observed how history is taught at my school and read many […]